01 December 2008

EXCLUSIVE: Peter Horbury with FORD

AOD interviews Peter Horbury, Executive Director of Design for Ford Motor Company, about becoming a car designer, the 2010 Mustang and more!

Visit: www.areaofdesign.com/#spotlight

17 September 2008

Political Sneakers make a Mark!

Amongst all the other political merchandising, the Obama Air Force 1 sneakers are certainly unusual. The image of Obama is on the right sole. On the left is another image with the words “ A black Man runs and a nation is behind him.”

Jimm Lasser engraved the soles of a pair of Air Force 1 High sneakers for his art exhibition entitles “The Dunk on McCain” at Tyson Space. Prints from the soles will be sold along with the shoes. The artist is an art director and copywriter at Wieden+Kennedy Studio in Portland.

Calligraphy Body Art

French body painter and graffiti artist RéElBenjam1 uses the art of calligraphy to create a contemporary extension of his emotions and personal experiences and transform them into shapes, colors, and signs. His inspiration comes from Eastern calligraphy and tribal orientation graffiti. The shapes and icons RéElBenjam1 paints on bodies is his unique way of writing. His creativity goes beyond traditional body paint as he also uses fluorescent paint to add an eye-catching and vibrant look to his body art.

Remain Stylish Even in the Grave

Designer Coffins

Now it’s essential to remain stylish even in the grave. The German design house UONO has created a concept to revolutionize the tradition coffin. An actual benefit of this new product is the fact that it is made of jute and a water based varnish so it’s actually visually stimulating and bio-degradable – and all made by hand!

It was only a matter of time before IKEA ventured into coffins. Artist Joe Scanlan has created simple coffins for $15,000--or a book for $27.50 that tells you how to make your own coffin from IKEA parts for less than $400.

11 September 2008

New York Fashion Week: Spring 2009

Oscar de la Renta

spring 2009 Marc Jacobs collection

Finale of the spring 2009 collection of Carolina Herrera

Spring 2009 Vera Wang collection

Designer Naeem Khan's Spring 2009

View more collections at: nymag.com/fashion/fashionshows/

26 August 2008

Vote RITTER for Georgia Feline Specialty License Plate

Our very own Carolyn Ritter (In the Spotlight) is one of six finalist for the Georgia feline specialty license plate. You can see her current work on the home page of AOD. In the meantime, here's a little background about the artist:

As the wife of a veterinarian, Carolyn Ritter has seen her share of cats in need and rescued many of them. As an artist, she strives to portray the universal feline that could be anybody’s favorite cat. Aptly titled, “Queen of Spays,” this design is a memorial to the artist’s own 16-year old feline friend, Kiki. As a lifelong companion of the Ritter family, Kiki transformed from a tiny rescued stray to a buddy who provided many years of love and laughter. The artist told us that Kiki would have concealed the fact that she would be honored to be on the Georgia spay and neuter license plate.

In our humble opinion – we believe her plate captures the essence of felines the best. Meow!


05 August 2008

Madonna Will Wear Boatloads of Designer Goods for the Sticky and Sweet Tour

Costume designer Arianne Phillips has been outfitting Madge for live shows for eleven years and she returns for the Sticky and Sweet tour. She tells WWD that Givenchy head designer Riccardo Tisci contributed two outfits, Tom Ford made bespoke suits for the band, Miu Miu custom-made three pairs of shoes, Stella McCartney provides thigh-high boots, Moschino made the sunglasses — take a breath! — and Yves Saint Laurent, Roberto Cavalli, and Jeremy Scott provided other clothes and "odds and ends." In other words: Screw all you haters who are talking shit about Madge's recent fashion choices.

The show is divided into four sections. The first, dominatrix-inspired, section features Givenchy. The second is based on Madge in New York when she first got here and features Jeremy Scott. The third is also heavy on Givenchy with a gypsy theme. And the fourth — get this — is "a futuristic rave section with lots of Japanese influences." Excuse us while we splash some cold water on our faces. These visuals are giving us hot flashes.

Madonna's Costumes for her Sticky and Sweet Tour
From WWD Issue 08/05/2008

Most people are lucky to work with Madonna once. Costume designer Arianne Phillips has lasted 11 years, from the singer’s Pre-Raphaelite look for “Ray of Light” to the urban cowgirl of “Music” to the Patty Hearst look of “American Life” and on and on and on. In other words, measured in Madonna time, Phillips is roughly 77 years old.

Still, La Ciccone’s upcoming “Sticky and Sweet” tour has had its own unique challenges for her longtime stylist. “Normally we prep in April and May, and open in June,” says Phillips. “This time, the tour begins in August. It’s a nightmare. Everyone in Italy and France is on a beach sunning themselves.”

Thankfully, everyone is a bit of an exaggeration, as Phillips goes on to detail a mile-long list of willing collaborators and everything they’ve designed for the trek, which begins Aug. 23 in Cardiff, Wales, and comes to the United States in early October. Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci designed two outfits, while Tom Ford provided bespoke suits for the band. Three pairs of shoes have been custom-made by Miu Miu, there are thigh-high boots courtesy of Stella McCartney, sunglasses from Moschino, and other outfits and odds and ends from Yves Saint Laurent, Roberto Cavalli, and Jeremy Scott.

As in the past, this tour will be divided into four sections. The first references gangsta pimp and Art Deco with Givenchy costumes. This, it would seem, is Madonna’s current take on her longest-running fashion inspiration — the dominatrix. “It’s a theme that runs throughout her career” Phillips says. “She’s not afraid of being hard.” The second section has been termed “Old School,” and harkens back to Madonna’s early days in New York, with Scott’s outfit and some vintage prints from Keith Haring, the late graffiti artist and friend of Madonna who died of AIDS in 1990. “He and Madonna were friends. If he were alive, it would be his 50th birthday as well. So I thought, ‘What if we revisited that?’” Afterward, there’s a gypsy section with more costumes from Givenchy. “Riccardo’s a new young talent. If you look at Madonna’s history with fashion, that makes him an obvious choice.” Finally, there’s a futuristic rave section with lots of Japanese influences.

And while The New York Times complained recently about Madonna’s style choices, Phillips says getting older has had little effect on her sense of fashion adventure. “She always wants to push the envelope. There are no vanity considerations based on her age.” As Phillips adds seconds later, “She looks good in everything.”

More: www.wwd.com

04 August 2008

100 Most Fabulous Looks: Fall 2008

#1: DSquared 2 – Fall 2008

#2: Luisa Beccaria – Fall 2008

#8: Versace – Fall 2008

#9: Andrew Gn – Fall 2008

#15: Y & Kei – Fall 2008

#20: Bill Blass – Fall 2008

#23: Carlos Miele – Fall 2008

More fabulous looks at: nymag.com

'Transformed Flower' Sculpture

A magnificent sculpture dedicated to the Cancer Survivors Park.

Layers of white, yellow, orange and red plastic form the more than 16-foot sculpture, designed by California artist, Phillip K. Smith, III – principal of The Art Office.

The sculpture rises from a circular base to an eight-pointed star at the top – representing a flower twisting toward the sun as it prepares to bloom. Viewing the piece at night gives an extraordinary glow of lights.

01 August 2008

The Design Green Project: CALL FOR ENTRIES!

The Design Green Project is the first of its kind to honor and reward designers' creativity, from around the world, for their excellence in designing 'Green' for a better planet – in the disciplines of art, branding, environments, fashion, packaging, photography, print, design green, and now interactive.

All designers who participate in this unique competition will be part of the solution to the Global Warming Crisis by replacing one of their old light bulbs with a compact fluorescent light bulb provided by The Design Green Project. Additionally, there will be a tree planted in their name and 50% of all proceeds will be donated to the StopGlobalWarming.org fund, just for entering.

Due to incompatiablities in voltage and connections, designers who participate outside the United States will not receive a light bulb, however, a tree will be planted in their name and 50% of their entry fee will be donated to the StopGlobalWarming.org fund.

Entries must be submitted by December 15th 2008.

Creative Categories
Art: Paintings, illustrations, sculpture, etc.
Branding: Naming, identity, stationery packaging, etc.
Environments: Retail designs, exhibits, signage, etc.
Fashion: Couture, ready-to-wear, bags, shoes, etc.
Packaging: CDs, DVDs, boxes, bags, labels, etc.
Photography: Portraits, landscapes, etc.
Print: Collateral, posters, magazines, etc.
Design Green: Eco-friendly designs with recycled materials.
Interactive: Web sites, flash presentations, etc. NEW

Designs submitted must have an environmentally friendly theme. The Design Green category must have an eco-friendly theme and use recycled materials.

Learn more at: http://designgreenproject.org

31 July 2008

Victory Media Network: CALL FOR ENTRIES!

Victory Park, one of the most artistic and innovative venues for the motion arts, showcases works from digital artists around the world.
Victory Park is now accepting submissions for its Victory Arts program:
Stylized live-action, stunning visual storytelling, cutting-edge motion graphics, experimental animation, or very short films.

For information and to enter visit: www.victorymedianetwork.com

06 March 2008

Function + Art = Artistic Glass Chandeliers

Chandelier 431
84 Blown Glass Pieces
24" x 36"

These beautifully sculptured glass pieces will absolutely light up your space and life!

Function + Art has some of the most functional and decorative contemporary objects, furniture and sculpture on the net. For one of a kind art pieces you must check this site out.


04 January 2008

Fine Art in Jewelry Design: Stephen Webster

Regarded as one of the most accomplished and ground breaking British brands in the international arena, Stephen Webster sets the standard in jewelry design. His design aesthetic is bold, sexy and instantly recognizable. He is universally acknowledged as the fine jeweler to the stars. View his work at: